Caol Ila 16 year old 59%
A pure Islay nose! Salty with medicinal peat, carbolic soap, coal dust, earth, tar, iodine and vegetation. Underneath lurks some glorious, slightly sweet apricot and orange fruit.
Very, very smoky on the palate and I mean smoky ? pure coal scuttle! Followed by the medicinal peat which gently builds to a tangy, briny, fruity finish with the ever present smoke lingering.
A drop of water brings out the sweet fruit on the nose and emphasises it to the max, (something that is often lacking in Caol Ila) at the expense of the rampant smoke .
On the palate it again brings out the sweet fruit but doesn?t mute the smoke. A truly superb Caol Ila with a lovely balance with water and damn smoky. I love it!
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